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... discoveries. That evening, we had dinner at The Gathering (a set of 3 old Beiruti houses now operating as a 3-in-1 restaurant), earned some extra spending money at the Casino du Liban (still in all of its smokey '50s and '60s glory), and spent it all away at 80s night at B0-18 (an underground "bomb shelter" club that opens to the night/dawn sky).
On Friday, we hopped in a car (bad idea given Beirut Friday traffic) and headed an hour ...
... journey was during the Paralympics so we felt like we were taking part, forgoing our safety for the greater good. We arrived alive. There are lots of men aged about 50 who have missing limbs, often you will notice a missing finger or a disfigured hand, the men who were more severely wounded and are now without legs are pushed by their sons along the traffic jams begging for money, and provided they beg to the correct faith of driver they are well recompensed ...
... being fed coffees by the very nice Syrian officials. I can say one thing they are very hospitable and respectful to women. During all of this they all got dressed into their proper uniforms.
2 1/2 hours later Gary hopped in the car everything was done (we did pay the tax in the end) and Gary had made such good friends with the officiers they were saying they were going to look him up on facebook!
And we ...
... would have to put in our time.
Now that they were back in Lebanon, they were learning to cut hair as a trade. It was steady work that could be done anywhere. Hair would always need to be cut. Dunkin Donuts was just a stop before going to class. They needed to be on their way and we decided the time was right for us to get going too.
Back on the road, we drove south along the fringe of the Beqaa ...
... friends on several road trips we did together. Thanks to Barbara, I was able to put together so much material in my book for learning Arabic with Lebanese cuisine at a time when I couldn't find a single cooking class in Beirut and the language school I found and almost paid to study there for two weeks didn't feel right, so I refrained from enrolling there. This was coincidentally at a time when some people in Damascus were almost begging me to go back there to ...